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Claire Naysmith

Claire Naysmith ~ Head Safegaurding Officer


Clubs Safeguarding Policy Statement

Every adult has a responsibility to safeguard children and young people.

All SLSGB members need to be aware that:

We are committed to ensuring that:

SLSGB believes that anyone who has the responsibility for the care of a child should “do what is reasonable in all circumstances for the purpose of safeguarding or promoting a childs welfare” in accordance with The Childrens Act 1989. Adoption of and adherence to this policy is mandatory for any Coaches or Officials operating within SLSGB or SLSGB affiliated clubs.

Board members, volunteers, coaches, parents, paid staff and the participants themselves, all bear a responsibility to implement the policy, and each has a right to be protected by it. SLSGB is also committed to supporting anyone who, in good faith, reports his or her concerns that they or a colleague, is at risk, or may actually be, being abused.

Good Practice & Conduct

All SLSGB representatives should be encouraged to demonstrate exemplary behaviour in order to promote
children’s welfare and reduce the likelihood of allegations being made.
The following are common sense examples of how to create a positive culture and climate:

The following SLSGB roles may hold a position of trust with children: Trainer Assessor, Coach, Assistant Coach, Team Manager, Sports Official, Nipper/Youth Helper, Club Officer, Patrol Member. These roles are to uphold their positions of trust. Any breach of a position of trust will be referred to the Case Management Team to assess as appropriate and may lead to the suspension or barring of membership to SLSGB and referring to appropriate agencies.




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Every effort should be made to ensure that confidentiality is maintained for all concerned. Information
should be handled and disseminated on a need to know basis only. This may include the following people:


The alleged abuser (and parents if the alleged abuser is a child), but only on advice from the statutory agencies.

The alleged abuser (and parents if the alleged abuser is a child), but only on advice from the statutory agencies.

DO NOT approach the alleged abuser.

The CSO should store all confidential information in a secure place with limited access to designated
people, in line with data protection legislation (e.g. that information is accurate, regularly updated,
relevant and secure).

Seven golden rules of information sharing:

1. Remember that the Data Protection Act is not a barrier to sharing information but provides a framework to ensure that personal information about living persons is shared appropriately
2. Be open and honest with the person (and/or their family where appropriate) from the outset about why, what, how and with whom information will, or could be shared, and seek their agreement, unless it is unsafe or inappropriate to do so.
3. Seek advice if you are in any doubt, without disclosing the identity of the person where possible.
4. Share with consent where appropriate and, where possible, respect the wishes of those who do not consent to share confidential information. You may still share information without consent if, in your judgement, that lack of consent can be overridden in the public interest. You will need to base your judgement on the facts of the case.
5. Consider safety and well-being: Base your information sharing decisions on considerations of the
safety and well-being of the person and others who may be affected by their actions.
6. Necessary, proportionate, relevant, accurate, timely and secure: Ensure that the information you
share is necessary for the purpose for which you are sharing it, is shared only with those people who
need to have it, is accurate and up-to-date, is shared in a timely fashion, and is shared securely.
7. Keep a record of your decision and the reasons for it – whether it is to share information or not. If
you decide to share, then record what you have shared, with whom and for what purpose.


This page was updated 19.07.17- 1601hh

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